Most Industrial & Chemical Plant Explosions Are Caused By Error Or Negligence

by Terry Bryant

In an industrial or chemical plant explosion, it can often be complex to determine what exactly was the catalyst, and which parties are to blame for the mishap.  It’s typically the case that much of the evidence is destroyed, which can sometimes work to delay and obstruct the process of justice.

It is a known fact that humans are fallible, thus the best-designed factories’ safety protocols ideally don’t allow for any errant mistake to result in massive destruction.  However, usually when catastrophe strikes, it is a combination of both faulty, sub-par equipment and lax regulations or oversight. In essence, such explosive incidents are usually caused by a mechanical error and exacerbated by the lack of necessary precaution.

Oil refineries, propane producers, natural gas facilities, various chemical producing sites, and battery manufacturers all run the risk of a plant explosion. However, the most vulnerable facilities in the state of Texas are those that house fertilizer.  Fertilizer plants are particularly prone to disaster due to storing vast amounts of anhydrous ammonia and ammonium nitrate, both being toxic chemicals.  The chemicals can be safely and stably stored in temperate-controlled tanks.  The anhydrous ammonia (a gas at room temperature) is suspended as a liquid in a pressurized environment. However, should any fire occur near the tanks, a giant risk is posed, as the increased heat could cause an explosion.

There have been a notable number of deaths reported in explosive factory incidents.
Surviving workers involved in such a workplace disaster may incur all manner of harmful and long-lasting injuries.  Breathing in toxic fumes, exposure to dangerous